March 8, 2016
ISSUE | RECREATION Give the city credit for Schuylkill trail The Schuylkill River Development Corp. was prominently mentioned in Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron's column about the upcoming construction of the Bartram's Mile Trail ("Another big step, Feb. 26). The SRDC is a small nonprofit working with Philadelphia on the tidal Schuylkill River Trail (named Schuylkill Banks). While we are managing construction of the project, the city's Department of Parks and Recreation had the vision, led the design effort, and secured the funding.
March 6, 2016
Where: Center City. Average annual revenue: $100 million. Employees: 23 in Center City office; 75-150 on site. History: Founded in 1979 by Jim Clemens. Projects: Apartments, retail, hotels, university, historic work in 13 states. In Philadelphia: Cheesecake Factory, 1128 Chestnut St., Warwick Hotel renovation, Southstar Lofts.
March 6, 2016 |
Angelo R. Perryman was a 32-year-old African American working in construction in Detroit when contractors building the Convention Center tapped him for a key job in the early 1990s. As part of a mandate for minority business participation in building the center, Perryman was put in charge of repairing and building the Reading Terminal part of the center, on top of the Reading Terminal Market. It was a career-building experience. Now, his company, Perryman Building & Construction Services Inc., has been tapped for another important job: overseeing construction operations at the Wells Fargo Center before, during, and after the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
March 2, 2016 |
The 76ers and the construction firm Intech will hold a job fair for residents of Camden and the surrounding region on March 17, looking for people who can help build the team's new waterfront training facility. The fair, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Waterfront Technology Center, will be attended by contractors seeking carpenters, roofers, glaziers, masons, plumbers, painters, tile setters, and more. The fair is open to those with no experience or technical education, as well as current members of building trades industries.
February 19, 2016
ISSUE | CONSTRUCTION Labor peace? The article "It's labor peace this time for Post Bros. " (Feb. 2) concerned those who believe in the merit construction philosophy. This philosophy encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach to construction based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation. It also opposes acts of coercion, violence, and intimidation. Michael Pestronk, the chief executive officer of Post Bros., stated, "As we saw on [the] Goldtex [construction]
February 19, 2016 |
The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia's largest private employer, spent $900 million on construction projects in the five years ended June 30. An additional $248 million in construction is underway. Employment at the university, which includes the massive University of Pennsylvania Health System, climbed to 37,000 from 31,000 five years ago. Compensation, including salaries, wages, and benefits, totaled $3.89 billion in fiscal 2015, up from $2.98 billion in 2010. Those and other aspects of the tax-exempt organization's operations add up to an annual economic impact of $14.3 billion in Pennsylvania, according to a report released Wednesday.
January 20, 2016
'CONSTRUCTING PLAY: CLASSIC BUILDING TOYS' The long: Each winter, the Center for Architecture exhibits 50-plus antique, vintage and modern toy building sets. This go-round, the center gallery is closed for renovation, so the smallish show goes on in City Hall. The short: Lotsa little LEGOS, and friends. The demo: Budding builders old enough to resist touching the displays. The oldie: Friedrich Froebel's 175-year-old wooden building blocks, considered the first of their kind, inspired Frank Lincoln Wright the kid to become Frank Lloyd Wright, architect.
January 16, 2016
A construction worker died Thursday night after falling into the Delaware River in South Philadelphia, police said. Police were called about 8:40 p.m. to Pier 78, where the man had been working and then disappeared, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The man's hard hat was seen floating in the river, and his car was still parked nearby. The police Marine Unit retrieved the man around 9:30 p.m. and he was transported to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:33 p.m. How the man, whose age was not available, fell into the river was under investigation.
November 22, 2015 |
In the early 2000s, some in the residential-construction industry predicted that, in the not-too-distant future, the United States would reach its new-home saturation point. The result would be a corresponding growth in the remodeling industry because the houses that had been built in the 1980s and 1990s would require major updating. Although some builders added remodeling components to their businesses, the bursting of the housing bubble and the eight-year real estate downturn that followed brought residential construction to a crawl.
October 14, 2015 |
WHEN YOU'VE lived in the same neighborhood for more than 50 years, you're bound to have had a strong impact. John G. Skelton was something of a legend in the neighborhood around 29th Street and Lehigh Avenue, North Philadelphia, a familiar presence on the streets where he was always ready with a friendly greeting and big hello. John saw a couple of generations grow up there. He saw people come and go, while he stayed put. He saw inevitable changes, but basically the community remained the same close-knit home to dedicated, hardworking people.